June 19, 2024

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Umpire Carlos Bernardes leaves Aussie hotel in ambulance (updated)


Umpire Carlos Bernardes meets fans at the 2015 Australian Open.


MELBOURNE, Australia – There are a few positive COVID-19 cases at the downtown Holiday Inn, the medi-hotel being used for the Australian Open.

But this is different.

Veteran chair umpire Carlos Bernardes, 55, was taken to hospital Wednesday via ambulance from our mutual hotel, the View Melbourne.

We’re efforting on an update as to what happened, and how he’s doing. If we get more information we’ll update.

(Thursday night update: Still no official word, despite our best efforts with the various stakeholders. We have heard through the grapevine that he is stable and resting well. But no reliable intel on what exactly happened, or how serious it was, beyond being a heart issue).

Friday, the ATP issued a brief statement that said nothing.

(Sunday update: According to the media in Brazil, Bernardes was to have been released Saturday. Which as of Sunday did not happen, although he continues to improve).

There are plenty of photos of this from Getty Images, although the photographer clearly did not know who he was and referred to him as a “guest”.

(P.S. I hope that wasn’t him across the hall from me – that room has now been vacated after days of meals piling up at the door).

Many thanks to @tenniscafe for the tip.

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